A $7,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of anyone involved in the disappearance and death of Taylor Robinson.
On top of the cash, Summit County Crime Stoppers is pledging confidentiality by making it easier to provide information anonymously through encrypted text messages.
The texting feature is new to Crime Stoppers investigators and allows them to communicate in real time. The messages cannot be traced, and anonymity is assured, even when collecting the reward.
“The system we use is totally encrypted, so even though we can communicate with the tipster, we cannot trace where the tip is coming from,” said Copley police Chief Michael Miers. “This could prove beneficial in a case like this.”
Tips can be made by texting TIPSCO along with the information about the case to the number 274637 (CRIMES) or by calling 330-434-COPS (2677).
Police, the FBI and park rangers are investigating Robinson’s death after her remains were found Monday in the Valley Picnic Area off Riverview Road inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Representatives from each law enforcement agency met Thursday to discuss the case. The collaboration is the result of Robinson’s disappearance from Akron and her recovery on federal land.
“They’re looking for anything,” Akron police Capt. Paul Calvaruso said.
No cause of death has been established, but police are investigating it as a suspicious death.
The remains are expected to be examined by anthropologists, a process that could take weeks and not necessarily provide an answer as to how Robinson, 19, died.
Investigators on Friday were still combing the dense forest where Robinson’s scattered remains were discovered by two hikers who veered from a trail. Robinson was last seen May 3. The area has been reopened to the public.
A wide-scale investigation by police and the FBI over the four months she was missing failed to generate sufficient information on the case.
That’s one reason why authorities hope the $7,000 reward Crime Stoppers is offering along with a pledge of anonymity will provide incentive to anyone who knows what happened to Robinson.
Anyone with information also can call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for this or any crime may be left at https://ci.akron.oh.us/asp/tip.html.